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Paul Goble (1933–2017)

Author of The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

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About the Author

Paul Goble was born in Haslemere, Surrey, England on September 27, 1933. He was a sharpshooter in the British military from 1951 to 1953. In 1959, he received a National Diploma in Design, with honors, from the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. While working in freelance industrial show more design and teaching at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, he and his first wife Dorothy Lee wrote four picture books. In 1977, he decided to become a full-time author and illustrator and accepted a position as the artist-in-residence at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He and Lee divorced in 1978. He was best known for his picture books inspired by Native American culture and lore including Buffalo Woman, Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story, and Crow Chief: A Plains Indian Story. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1979 for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. He died from Parkinson's disease on January 5, 2017 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Paul Goble

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1978) 2,837 copies
Buffalo Woman (1984) 734 copies
The Gift of the Sacred Dog (1980) 562 copies
Iktomi and the Boulder (1988) 352 copies
Her seven brothers (1988) 314 copies
Star Boy (1983) 234 copies
Beyond the Ridge (1989) 216 copies
Death of the Iron Horse (1987) 186 copies
Love Flute (1992) 163 copies
Song Of Creation (2004) 157 copies
Mystic Horse (2003) 79 copies
Crow Chief (1846) 75 copies
Adopted by the Eagles (1994) 59 copies
I Sing for the Animals (1991) 52 copies
Storm Maker's Tipi (2001) 47 copies
Iktomi And The Coyote (1998) 33 copies
The sound of flutes and other Indian legends (1976) — Illustrator — 30 copies
Lone Bull's Horse Raid (1973) 19 copies
The friendly wolf (1974) 16 copies
Hau Kola / Hello Friend (1994) 12 copies
The Hundred in the Hands (1972) 2 copies
Horse Stories (1997) 1 copy

Associated Works

Myths and Legends of the Sioux (1913) — Cover artist, some editions — 110 copies


Common Knowledge



This book is about the great race between the birds and animals and humans, because they were trying to figure out if animals should eat humans or humans eat animals. In the end, Magpie, the slowest of all birds, won the race for the humans. This would be a good book for a read aloud for grade school age kids.
ChrisHoltGFU | 5 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
A Native American girl becomes friends with a wild stallion after she is lost in a storm. After being found, she stays with the wild horses and finds she has a connection with them. She becomes part of the herd and became a wild horse herself. Beautiful illustrations and pictures that connect directly to the reading and help to visualize the story. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is a great book to use as a mentor text to discuss folk-tales/myths and how there is a reason behind these stories.
kdahl2022 | 109 other reviews | Jan 14, 2024 |
2023 - ‘70’s Immersion Reading Challenge


The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (1978) 36 pages. Read online at Internet Archive

A beautifully written and illustrated Native American story of a girl who loved and honored her wild horses. When a storm caused them to run away with her and become lost, the horses invited her to live with them.

When her people finally found her, she did return home, but was very unhappy. The stallion of the group of horses missed her and would stand high on an overlooking mountain beckoning her to return to them.

Her parents saw her sadness and allowed her to return to the wild horses. She would visit her parents every year and bring them a colt. But, one year she did not visit and was never seen again. But, they did notice a beautiful mare with a beautiful mane floating like a cloud, riding along side the stallion. It was believed the girl now rode with the Horse People, a belief of Native Americans that they have relatives that ride with the wild horses.

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Paul Goble was not Native American. He is actually a British-American who specializes in writing and illustrating amazing Native American books for children. This book won the Caldecott Medal as the year’s best illustrated book for children.
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MissysBookshelf | 109 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
This is a beautiful story with fantastic illustrations. Paul Goble has written so many great books and this one is no exception. The story follows a native tribe in the plains, they follow the buffalo and live in tipis, so they were a nomadic group. The story focuses on one girl in the tribe who loved the horses most of all. The tribe members notice that she seems to understand them better than others and she has deep affection for them. She gets carried off one day by the horses when a sudden storm scares them. They run until they reach the land of wild horses. She lives with them until her family finds her. They try to bring her home, and though she loves her family, she wishes most to be with the horses. The tale ends with the tribe believing that she finally became one of the wild horses, forever free. The story is simple and yet so beautiful. The book shows the beauty of nature and of animals roaming wild.… (more)
KellyReads5 | 109 other reviews | Jul 20, 2023 |



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